Parents should come to the intake appointment if they are seeking services for their child. If their child is a teen, it often makes sense to bring the teen to the appointment and to use part of the time meeting with parents and part of the time with the teen (this will be discussed prior to your session). If you are an adult, you may come to the intake by yourself; if you think it A comprehensive assessment is crucial in order for parents, other family members, partners, and teachers to fully understand the individual’s unique strengths and challenges, and ultimately, for the individual to understand him- or herself. We often misinterpret an individual’s behavior when we assume what is driving or underlying the behavior, without fully understanding it. For example, a child who refuses to go on a family outing or engage in a group project at school may be considered ‘oppositional’ or ‘stubborn’ when in fact other factors interfere with participation (e.g., sensory overload, difficulty with transitions, anxiety). A proper assessment provides us with a framework for us to better understand the individual and for them to understand themselves, which ultimately leads to more compassion, empathy, patience, and appropriate strategies to support the child/adult and their family. When an individual has insight and self-awareness of their own differences and needs, they are able to effectively express their needs to others.